20 Instagram Posts That Increased Our Screen Time In 2018
The best of the best from @stab.
If you’re anything like the employees of this fine surfing establishment, Instagram eats up far too much of your free time.
We all want to believe that this modern plague doesn’t apply to us, that we aren’t actually addicted to our phones, but before you get all defensive please just humor us with this Insta-Litmus test.
Open your phone’s Settings, go the ‘Battery’ tab and scroll down to ‘Battery Usage’.
Question: where does the Instagram app lie amongst Surfline, Candy Crush, and Grindr on your device?
First, second, third?
And what percentage of your battery is used by the antisocial social app?
Twenty-five percent? Forty?
You filthy beast.
Welcome to the depressing modern era, where lives are spent envying the experiences of others rather than forging memories of their own. It’s a disgusting downward cycle that will surely play a part in man’s demise, buuuut it’s also cool having access to the world’s most entertaining surf content 25 hours a day, eight days a week.
That’s what we attempt to achieve with @stab, and we sure hope you’d agree.
Below we’ve collected 20 of our most notable posts from 2018, which can mean anything from the most impressions (1.6 mil views on Yeppoon), to the best surfing (Koa Smith’s two-minute, eight-barrel Namibian dream), or just some genuinely entertaining shit (the Slater pool trandem tube).
If you’re feeling nostalgic, scroll through for the best of @stab in 2018, as featured in chronological order.
Oliver Kurtz’ LA acid drop
It’s just fun! Shot by: @Lyles
Hawaii’s crew of synchronized backwash riders
Because paddling’s overrated. Shot by: @kap.sanderson
Simon Hetrick’s heart-breaking burn
The agony. The agony. Shot by: @ryanmackphoto
Pick your peak in Los Angeles
The odds of finding four makable tubes in LA is one in however many waves have ever broken in LA. Miracle shot by: @morganmaassen
A hearty breakfast closeout with Mason Ho
Because it takes balls to hop over the ledge. Shot by: @riordanpringle
Seth Moniz’ Waco flip
It changed surfing forever, and it’s pretty. Shot by: @rsmallcheck
John Florence’s Balinese tweak
And no, we’re not talking about his knee. Shot by: @ryzphoto
Koa Smith and the best wave ever captured on film
The gift that keeps on giving. Shot by @koasmith
David Van Zyl’s South African scramble
Who doesn’t like to turn and burn? Shot by:@tates_tea_holder
The Nias boat-slam
We still can’t believe nobody died. Shot by: @lemosimages
The Surf Ranch trandem tube
The good ol’ triple dip. Shot by: @snaketales
Ben Howard’s perfect one-footer
Australia don’t need no stinkin’ wave pools. Shot by: @danscotttt
John Florence’s Kool-Aid man impression
The best slow-mo surf clip… ever? Shot by: @chrisbryanfilms
Griffin Colapinto redefines ‘loft’
About the only thing Griffin hasn’t ridden away from in 2018. Shot by: @jacobvanderwork
Mason Ho’s Christ Air
The coolest thing we’ve almost seen landed on a surfboard. Shot by: @corey_wilson
Surf Lakes, revealed
Frankie Harrer x Mark Healey’s Tahitian double-tube
Sharing is daring. Shot by: @raimanaworld
Kerby Brown’s Tahitian go-over
One man’s pain is Kerby Brown’s pleasure. Shot by: @polikromia
Shaun Manners in WA
Drop of the year? Shot by: @tomjenno
Cam Richards at Pipeline
And just like that, a legend was born. Shot by: @mattkuji
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